ANA conducts COVID digital health passport trial at Tokyo airport

Japan Today -- Mar 30
All Nippon Airways Co on Monday conducted Japan's first trial of the "CommonPass" app indicating a traveler's COVID-19 status at Tokyo's Haneda airport as part of efforts by the global travel industry to make cross-border travel easier and safer.

The app, one of a number of digital health passports being trialed around the world to allow airlines and authorities to expedite immigration procedures at airports, is backed by the World Economic Forum. It certifies both coronavirus test results and vaccination status.

The Commons Project Foundation, the developer of CommonPass, said it aims to launch the digital platform in countries worldwide for "a more trustworthy model for validating the health status of incoming travelers" as virus test results are usually presented in the form of paper documentation with no global standard format.

The app will not reveal any other underlying personal health information, according to ANA and the foundation.

At Tokyo's Haneda airport, ANA officials checked a passenger's smartphone to confirm negative virus test results at a check-in counter for a flight departing for New York.

- Japan Today

新型コロナウイルスのPCR検査結果をアプリで提示します。  羽田空港のチェックインカウンターで搭乗客が見せているのは「コモンパス」と呼ばれるスマートフォンのアプリです。  コモンパスは指定の医療機関で受けたPCR検査の結果を表示するデジタル証明書で、国境を越えた移動の再開につなげようと世界の航空会社8社が実験に協力しています。  今回は検査結果の表示ですが、今後はワクチン接種も証明できるようになるということです。  全日空や日本航空などはデジタル証明アプリで渡航のハードルが下げられるとみて、実証実験を通じて実用化に協力しています。 - ANNnewsCH